Olympian Gifts

In the spirit of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, UNHCR and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ran a major clothing collection project titled 'Giving is Winning'. National Olympic Committees, Federations, sponsors, recognized organizations, members and supporters of the Olympic Movement were encouraged to donate unused sports and casual clothes, then distributed by UNHCR to various refugee camps around the globe.

During the Olympics, athletes were also encouraged to donate clothing. Based on the success from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, whereby close to 30,000 items were collected, we anticipated more than 60,000 items of clothing to be collected during 2008 Beijing Olympic games.

We selected several locations as a beneficiary for the sports clothing collection project, including Georgia, Moldova, Chad, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Panama.